Ask a Trooper: How do you become a Minnesota state trooper?

Published 10:04 pm Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Ask a Trooper by Troy Christianson

Question: I am interested in becoming a Minnesota state trooper. Can you give me more information on joining the State Patrol?

Answer: The Minnesota State Patrol provides for an exciting and meaningful career that goes beyond the highway. Nearly 600 state troopers provide assistance, education and enforcement to the people of Minnesota, and provide for safe, efficient movement of traffic on our state’s roadways.

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Fields of expertise are also available to troopers such as:

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• Crash reconstruction.

• Flight section.

• Commercial vehicle inspection.

• Special response team.

• K-9 handlers.

More information can be found on our website including benefits and salary, training opportunities, applicant information, disqualifiers, youth opportunities and more. Please go to

You can avoid a ticket — and a crash — if you simply buckle up, drive at safe speeds, pay attention and of course, drive sober. Help us drive Minnesota toward zero deaths.

If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Sgt. Troy Christianson, Minnesota State Patrol at 2900 48th St. NW, Rochester, MN 55901-5848; or reach him at

Troy Christianson is a sergeant with the Minnesota State Patrol.